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Pet Adoptions Quell COVID-19 Isolation


WHEELING — While area animal shelters continue dealing with challenges of COVID-19, that hasn’t kept those shelters from helping find homes for their boarders. Adoptions for dogs and cats continue to go well, according to local shelter officials.

Longtime Ohio County Dog Warden Doug McCroskey said while the Ohio County Animal Shelter was closed to the public for a few months following the pandemic’s onset last March, once the shelter reopened its doors in early July, dog and cat adoptions have gone extremely well.

McCroskey said while the pandemic has led more people to adopt because they are working from home or home for other reasons, adoptions actually began to increase at the Ohio County shelter several years earlier due to social media. He credits the rise in adoptions over the past year to both social media and more people being home.

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